COVID-19 Research

Title :

Rapid, affordable, portable SARS-CoV-2 screening kit for resource-limited settings

Area of research :

COVID-19 Research, Life Sciences & Biotechnology

Focus area :

COVID -19 Diagnostics

Principal Investigator :

Dr Jyotsnendu Giri, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad

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Executive Summary :

This project aims to develop a novel coulometric detection platform of COVID-19 virus nucleic acid for rapid (2 to 3 hours), cost-effective (Rs 400 to 500 per sample), sensitive (more than 90%), naked-eyes detection colorimetric detection in resource-limited settings (without costly RT-qPCR machine).


Gold nanoparticles based colorimetric probes have shown excellent detection capability and specificity. The gold nanoparticles will eventually be used to detect viral SARS-CoV-2 RNA in patients using the matrix-based extraction of the RNA from clinical samples.

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